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10. HMS Holdings
HMS Holdings
Rank: 10 (Previous rank: 20)
CEO: William C. Lucia
Address: 401 Park Ave. S.
New York, NY 10016-8854
HMS Holdings' subsidiaries contract with state and federal agencies to recover health care claims, detect fraud and coordinate pharmacy services. The firm mines medical claims, insurance information and other data to dig up instances of payment errors and waste.

The company expects to boost its core government business as a result of recently enacted health care reform. According to the Congressional Budget Office, Medicaid enrollment will rise to a total of 78 million Americans by 2019, 26% higher than today's levels. HMS also acquired Verify Solutions last year, extending its reach to the private sector. In the last three years, HMS posted annualized earnings-per-share growth of 61%, with revenues up 32%.--D.M.

What kind of businesses do you think are primed to grow in a sluggish economy?
  $ millions
(past 4 qtrs.)
% growth
(3 yr. annual rate)
Growth rank
Revenues** 244.2 32 45
Net income** 31.9
Total return 41 8
Earnings per share 61 34
Share price  
As of 8/4/10 $55.14
Beat the S&P 500* Yes
P/E (current fiscal year est.) 40
Industry: Health Care
Industry rank Company Fastest-Growing
rank
Revenues
($ millions)
1 SXC Health Solutions 6 1,599.8
2 HMS Holdings 10 244.2
3 Thoratec 13 406.0
4 Almost Family 14 310.7
5 Intuitive Surgical 21 1,192.4
6 Allscripts-Misys Healthcare Solutions 22 728.3
7 Illumina 27 692.7
8 Cubist Pharmaceuticals 31 585.1
9 Celgene 34 2,876.1
10 Luminex 42 128.3
11 Amedisys 47 1,584.6
12 Perrigo 55 2,157.7
13 China-Biotics 62 81.4
14 Mindray Medical International 63 645.9
15 Community Health Systems 81 12,355.6
16 Neogen 82 132.3
17 Bio-Reference Laboratories 89 409.4
18 Biogen Idec 91 4,449.7
19 LHC Group 93 553.4
20 ICON 95 886.9
21 Catalyst Health Solutions 96 3,023.4
22 Gilead Sciences 98 7,566.8
From the September 6, 2010 issue.
Notes:
* Through June 30, 2010. The S&P 500 returned -9.81% annually over the same period.
** Through the quarter ended on or before April 30, 2010.
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